The manufacturer will further develop the already high-efficiency Celera 500L aircraft, and a zero-emission version of the unusually shaped model will be available within seven years.
American private company Otto Aviation has been secretly developing its special product, the Celera 500L, for a long time, and it was only up to the pilots of other aircraft to leak a few photos of it before it was unveiled in August this year. The six-person type stands out from its rivals with its unusual shape, elongated drop-shaped fuselage, and non-arrowed wings. Even more interesting, however, is that the machine’s twelve-cylinder, 550-horsepower RED A03 engine is a fraction of the appetite of the power of similarly heavy-duty machines, at just 10-11 liters per hour. This dragon structure is due to its design that reduces turbulent flows and makes maximum use of laminar flow. Based on an article by Ainonline, Otto Aviation announced at the ICAO Green Innovation Online Conference that a zero-emission version of the Celera 500L will be made with battery or hydrogen cell technology. The company expects to issue a certificate of airworthiness from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the conventional-powered version, which is already being tested, by 2025 at the latest, followed by an environmentally friendly – and even cheaper – version by 2027.
Technical Director David Bogue pointed out that from the outset, the Celera 500L was designed to be compatible with as many engines as possible until you decide which one is best. He added that battery technology is not yet there to meet the company’s expectations, but management is optimistic that developments around the world will address this. Not only are the barriers very tight, according to Otto Aviation, but most companies developing electric aircraft are of a similar opinion. Because of this, there are few projects – and they also focus more on urban aviation or smaller aircraft – that target purely electric aviation. Instead, for the time being, most manufacturers are thinking of hybrid propulsion, which, while not zeroing, could significantly reduce the impact of aviation on the environment.